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|Local Time Of Day||1801 To 2400|
|Locale Reference||airport : pbi|
|Altitude||agl bound lower : 0|
agl bound upper : 0
|Controlling Facilities||tower : lgb|
|Operator||general aviation : corporate|
|Make Model Name||Any Unknown or Unlisted Aircraft Manufacturer|
|Operating Under FAR Part||Part 91|
|Flight Phase||ground other : taxi|
|Function||flight crew : single pilot|
|Qualification||pilot : commercial|
pilot : instrument
|Affiliation||government : faa|
|Function||controller : ground|
|Qualification||controller : non radar|
|Anomaly||aircraft equipment problem : less severe|
other anomaly other
|Independent Detector||other other : unspecified|
|Resolutory Action||none taken : detected after the fact|
|Air Traffic Incident||other|
Flight originated at buf, fuel stop at pzk and arrived pbi area approximately XA30 local. WX was 800 ft ceiling, 3/4 mi visibility, level 4 thunderstorm, 20 KT windshear on final. Pilot flew ILS approach to runway 9L, noticed taxi light was inoperative after touchdown. Light had checked ok at buf preflight. Pilot turned off runway to unfamiliar taxiway. Pilot's turnoff was hurried somewhat by tower due to DC9 traffic on final. Tower instructed pilot to remain on frequency for taxi. Pilot experienced some disorientation with taxiway light pattern, due to intersecting taxiway and lack of taxi light. Heavy rain restr visibility. After discharging passenger, pilot flew to home base omn. On jul/xx/97, mechanic discovered damage to right and left propellers (2 blades each propeller). Pilot noticed serrated pattern on edge of 1 blade that appeared similar to shape of runway/taxiway edge lighting. Pilot may have struck light(south) when turning off runway. Situation occurred due to pilot fatigue, WX, equipment failure (taxi light) and confusing taxiway light pattern.
Original NASA ASRS Text
Title: A TWIN ENG SMT WHILE TAXIING DURING A HVY TSTM AT NIGHT STRUCK TXWY LIGHTS DAMAGING THE L AND R PROP BLADES. RPTR CITES HIS TAXI LIGHT AS BEING INOP.
Narrative: FLT ORIGINATED AT BUF, FUEL STOP AT PZK AND ARRIVED PBI AREA APPROX XA30 LCL. WX WAS 800 FT CEILING, 3/4 MI VISIBILITY, LEVEL 4 TSTM, 20 KT WINDSHEAR ON FINAL. PLT FLEW ILS APCH TO RWY 9L, NOTICED TAXI LIGHT WAS INOP AFTER TOUCHDOWN. LIGHT HAD CHKED OK AT BUF PREFLT. PLT TURNED OFF RWY TO UNFAMILIAR TXWY. PLT'S TURNOFF WAS HURRIED SOMEWHAT BY TWR DUE TO DC9 TFC ON FINAL. TWR INSTRUCTED PLT TO REMAIN ON FREQ FOR TAXI. PLT EXPERIENCED SOME DISORIENTATION WITH TXWY LIGHT PATTERN, DUE TO INTERSECTING TXWY AND LACK OF TAXI LIGHT. HVY RAIN RESTR VISIBILITY. AFTER DISCHARGING PAX, PLT FLEW TO HOME BASE OMN. ON JUL/XX/97, MECH DISCOVERED DAMAGE TO R AND L PROPS (2 BLADES EACH PROP). PLT NOTICED SERRATED PATTERN ON EDGE OF 1 BLADE THAT APPEARED SIMILAR TO SHAPE OF RWY/TXWY EDGE LIGHTING. PLT MAY HAVE STRUCK LIGHT(S) WHEN TURNING OFF RWY. SIT OCCURRED DUE TO PLT FATIGUE, WX, EQUIP FAILURE (TAXI LIGHT) AND CONFUSING TXWY LIGHT PATTERN.
Data retrieved from NASA's ASRS site as of July 2007 and automatically converted to unabbreviated mixed upper/lowercase text. This report is for informational purposes with no guarantee of accuracy. See NASA's ASRS site for official report.